Ezra Fellow: Jewish Experience Engagement Associate
If you find yourself bringing Jewish experiences to friends and family, this may be the job for you! Join PDX Hillel as the Jewish Experience Engagement Associate to help enrich student experiences and shape the future of Jewish life on Portland college campuses. In this role, you will enhance Jewish programming and help students connect with Judaism in new ways, by building relationships with under-engaged students and creating meaningful Jewish programming. You will help the Director build on existing programming by infusing it with your zest for Jewish culture, education and identity; as well as envision additional opportunities for students to engage with Hillel through a Jewish lens. You love daily interactions with new people, and you are excited for professional development opportunities and continued learning. PDX Hillel is still in its infancy, established in 2007, so you will be joining a young organization with a start-up culture that needs your passion.
What You’ll Do
- Manage engagement interns at Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University
- Develop 1:1 relationships annually with 60 previously under-engaged students
- Recruit for Birthright (and likely staff the trips!)
- Implement an engagement strategy including collaboration with student organizations and local community agencies
Receive ongoing professional development as part of the The Ezra Fellowship:
- This campus is part of Hillel International’s Ezra Fellowship. The Ezra Fellowship is for early career professionals who are passionate about engaging young adults in Jewish learning.
- Alongside their positions on campus, Fellows participate in up to three years of tailored professional development. The fellowship includes training in experiential Jewish education, immersive Jewish learning, workshops in facilitating conversations around Jewish texts, and career development coaching.
On a Regular Basis You Will
- Meet with students from different cohorts and demographics on campus to engage them, identify their interests and connect to opportunities
- Meet with students to help connect them with leadership roles in Hillel
- Map out a plan to strategically build 1:1 relationships with 60 students currently not actively engaged in Jewish life
- Plan and facilitate weekly student intern meeting
- Supervise student interns who are responsible for engaging their peers in Jewish life on campus
- Recruit for Birthright Israel trips
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- 0-2 years professional work experience. Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus
- Bachelor's degree
- A deep passion for building pluralistic Jewish communities and creating a welcoming, vibrant, and deeply enriching Jewish environment on and around campus
- A fluency and comfort with Jewish knowledge, ideas, traditions, conversations and practices
- Some experience creating, planning, and staffing Jewish experiences in camp, youth-group, synagogue, high school, undergraduate, or other settings
- Strong entrepreneurial spirit. Things may not always go according to plan and you must be willing to take risks and learn your wins as well as your losses.
- A love of relationship building
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
- Ability to thrive independently as well as part of a team
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $31,000-$34,000.
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance and a cell phone stipend
- Generous vacation/sick time
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
- Travel regionally (and to Israel!)
- Receive ongoing professional development as part of the The Ezra Fellowship:
This campus is part of Hillel International’s Ezra Fellowship . The Ezra Fellowship is for early career professionals who are passionate about engaging young adults in Jewish learning. Alongside their positions on campus, Fellows participate in up to three years of tailored professional development. The Fellowship includes training in experiential Jewish education, immersive Jewish learning, workshops in facilitating conversations around Jewish texts, and career development coaching.
About PDX Hillel
Founded in 2007, PDX Hillel serves Jewish college students across Portland, mainly at Portland State University and Lewis & Clark College. Because the number of Jewish students on each campus greatly differs as does the characteristics of each of the student bodies, PDX Hillel’s work is equally challenging and rewarding. We don’t have a building so we function in coffee shops, from couches at home, in classrooms on campus, or outside of one of Portland’s famous food carts nibbling on snacks while meeting with students. Because there’s so much to do and see in the city itself, working “from the field” presents many fun opportunities.
About Hillel International
In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.
PDX Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
The application process for this position has three stages:
- Click here to fill out the Ezra Fellowship Assessment.
- Your Assessment will be evaluated and those chosen to proceed to the next round will be asked to complete a short phone screen with a member of Hillel International’s Talent team. This will give us a chance to further assess your eligibility, get to know you and tell you more about the Ezra Fellowship.
- Only those who get through the first two steps and are deemed eligible for Ezra positions will be given information for how to submit their application for this position.